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Comparing & benchmarking engineering methods on the prediction of X-31 aerodynamics
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering, Aerodynamics.
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering, Aerodynamics.
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2010 (English)In: 28th AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference, 2010, 2010-4694- p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

NATO RTO-AVT-161 is an assessment of Stability and Control Prediction Methods for NATO Air and Sea Vehicles. Though the assessment includes the use of advanced CFD methods, a number of useful engineering methods are available for fast and economic estimates of the aerodynamic characteristics of complex flight vehicles. The objective of this paper is to investigate the use of three specific engineering methods on the X-31 fighter configuration for which CFD, wind tunnel, and flight test data are available for comparison and evaluation purposes. The emphasis is on static longitudinal stability aspects up to high angles of attack; however, selected asymmetric and unsteady effects are considered. Results from the engineering methods are in good agreement with experiment and CFD for angles of attack up to 15 degrees for most cases and higher angles for some cases. Results for pitching moment are in good agreement with CFD, but many of the nonlinear characteristics of the airplane are not predicted by the engineering methods. The quality of the longitudinal stability results is discussed in terms of the prediction of the center of pressure on the vehicle. The results provide improved understanding of the continued usefulness of engineering methods as an analysis tool during the design phase and into the flight test diagnostic phase of a new aircraft.

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2010. 2010-4694- p.
Keyword [en]
Aerodynamic characteristics, Analysis tools, Angles of attack, Center of pressure, CFD method, Design phase, Economic estimate, Engineering methods, Fighter configuration, Flight test, Flight test data, Flight vehicles, High angles of attack, Longitudinal stability, Nonlinear characteristics, Pitching moments, Prediction methods, Stability and control, Unsteady effects
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Vehicle Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-149691ScopusID: 2-s2.0-78649499363ISBN: 978-161738926-9OAI: diva2:745273
28th AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference, 28 June 2010 through 1 July 2010, Chicago, IL, United States

QC 20140910

Available from: 2014-09-10 Created: 2014-08-26 Last updated: 2014-09-10Bibliographically approved

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